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Russky Science and Technology Park at FEFU: A Special Legal Framework for Cutting-edge High-tech Development
6 September 2019
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Launching innovative research and development centres is one of Russia’s priorities

President set a task to create a breakthrough scientific and technological centre on the Russian island. I believe that this is the first step. It is our national trait to be dissatisfied with the early results of our work and we always try to do something better — Pavel Volkov, State Secretary, Deputy Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East.

We are at the beginning of our journey. The Vorobyovy Gory Innovative Scientific and Technological Center has just launched, while the Sirius Innovative Scientific and Technological Centre receives special attention from the President of Russia. I am sure that everything will work out there, and it will also work out here, but on the scale of the entire facility. It will develop the entire Far East, this is the key goal of creating an innovative scientific and technological centre — Nikita Anisimov, Rector, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU).

Russian Island has a huge potential to become a centre of scientific thought, where fundamental scientific research will be conducted, and applied technological solutions will be developed — Denis Kravchenko, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation .

Creating a research and development centre at the FEFU is an ambitious task

One may ask oneself the question: how many such centres are out there? Their number is very limited, and the expert believe there is no more than 50 all over the world that relate to knowledge economy — Andrey Volkov, Academic Policy Advisor, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

As the 5-100 program has shown, the university faces a very nontrivial challenge, which, for example, Stanford and Harvard have not encountered. Namely, in a very short period of time the university has to move from what experts call the university 1.0, to the university 3.0. Let me remind you that the university 3.0 is a type of an institution, where education is not the basic process; the basic process is research, production of new knowledge and bringing this knowledge to technology, to prototypes — Andrey Volkov, Academic Policy Advisor, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

ISSUES
Brain-drain

The most terrible problem are these emigration waves. They do not stop. Now they are taking the best, not those who relocate for their own personal reasons — Artem Zasurskiy, Vice President for Strategy, JSFC Sistema.

Regional specifics must be taken into account when implementing new technologies

Surprisingly, with the development of wind energy, there are not that many technologies in the world that allow wind farms to operate in the Far East. First of all, we have slightly different temperatures, and the strength of the wind is unacceptable for normal wind turbines operation. We have installed a wind turbine, and it was simply blown away into the sea. And it is not a singular case — Sergey Vasilyev, Deputy General Director, Director of the Far East Division, RusHydro.

SOLUTIONS
Defining a concept and priorities for development

Today, we need to define such a development concept for the Russian island, so that it meets the challenges and trends of the present day — Denis Kravchenko, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation .

In his speech, the President said that a world-class innovation centre is being formed on the Russky Island based in the Far Eastern Federal University. We should discuss this model and understand where we are going with it — Nikita Anisimov, Rector, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU).

State support

Last year, in order to help companies, we adopted a law in the State Duma to create a Russian offshore territory on the [Russian, – Ed.] Island, where the law provides for a more flexible legal regime in terms of tax and currency regulation — Denis Kravchenko, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship, State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation .

The tax regime established for the centre provides the deepest discounts compared to all preferential regimes. These are precisely the same benefits that are established for the Skolkovo centre: residents are exempt from value added tax, income tax, land tax, transport tax, property tax, plus customs duties for the import of scientific equipment in the first 10 years are compensated. In general, it does not get any more preferential than that — Artem Shadrin, Director, Department of Social Development Innovations, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

Incentivizing youth to join in

On the priority list for today's young people, money comes 3rd and 4th. The most important are the tasks, the work young people are engaged in. And breakthrough development tasks, innovative technologies are among the tasks that young people like very much — Sergey Maksimchuk, Acting Vice Governor of the Primorsky Krai.

We have already identified specific projects, about four projects have already been selected, and we will start implementing them at the beginning of next year. Besides, we are going to provide the FEFU with the license for our primary product: Logos. It allows modelling in the field of hydrodynamics in order to form these competences — Anatoly Myalitsin, Head of Science and Innovation, ROSATOM.

Underscore practical application of technologies

The first task is the commercialization of technology. Based on the existing potential, it is necessary to ensure the introduction of those technological developments in a timely fashion, through partnership with industrial partners — Artem Shadrin, Director, Department of Social Development Innovations, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

We need new technologies that are reliable from the point of view of operating companies. Stability is just what matters most to us. <...> We would like our development to be gradual but progressive — Sergey Vasilyev, Deputy General Director, Director of the Far East Division, RusHydro.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS